DOWNEY – Downey resident Rick Rodriguez has publicly announced his intention to run for a seat on the City Council this November.
Rodriguez is seeking to replace Roger Brossmer in District 3 (northwest Downey). Brossmer, who is being termed out of office, has endorsed Rodriguez.
"I have complete confidence in his proven leadership ability," said Brossmer. "He will be a great representative for Downey and I am proud to endorse his candidacy."
Rodriguez, 55, is founder of RMI International, an international security firm that operates in 18 states and three countries. Rodriguez founded the company in 1996 after a lengthy career in private security.
The company is currently contracted to patrol Downtown Downey.
Rodriguez is a past president of the Downey Chamber of Commerce and current president of Gangs Out of Downey. His other volunteer work includes stints as chairman of Downey's Emergency Preparedness Committee, member of Downey Los Amigos Kiwanis, and member of Downey's Veterans Memorial Committee.
He is also a chaplain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and founder of the Living Tree Foundation, which helps returning combat veterans and their families.
Rodriguez, the son of migrant farm workers from Texas, grew up in El Monte.
"I wasn't born in Downey but I got here as fast as I could," he laughed. "At the end of the day, I really love this city. I've lived here for more than 30 years. This is my home and I want to ensure we stay on the right track."
Where does he stand on the issues? For one, Rodriguez opposes the proposed sales tax increase that will appear on November's ballot.
"Raising the sales tax is the easy, quick fix," he said. "Like I always tell my employees, there are several ways to skin a cat. Show me a dead cat."
On whether he supported term limits, Rodriguez said it was "hard to say yes or no."
"People should always have opportunities," he said. "I can see the pros and cons. In Downey we're fortunate we've always had really good leaders."
Rodriguez supports Downey remaining an independent city with its own police and fire departments: "We have no gangs for a reason. We are safe for a reason. Contracting with L.A. County for public safety – I don't think that is something I would ever consider."
Rodriguez said he would push for more transparency from elected officials ("I want to see our council members out in the community") and fiscal responsibility ("Our essential public services should not be compromised even during challenging economic times").
Rodriguez has been endorsed by nine Downey mayors, including current mayor Alex Saab. He is also backed by six Downey school board members.
Rodriguez and his wife, Lupe, have seven children and nine grandchildren. More information is available at RickRodriguezDowney.com.